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Burrow and Herbert sensational as Murray stuns Wilson - NFL Week 7 in numbers

By Sports Desk October 26, 2020

A thrilling win for the Arizona Cardinals over the Seattle Seahawks means there are no undefeated teams left in the NFC after an NFL Sunday which saw several dramatic finishes.

The Cardinals won an overtime thriller 37-34 against NFC West rivals Seattle, with Zane Gonzalez's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in OT giving Kyler Murray a statement win over Russell Wilson.

After building a big lead, the Pittsburgh Steelers – who moved to 6-0 - just held on to hand the Tennessee Titans their first loss, while the Cleveland Browns earned a wild win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Only one Week 7 game – the Los Angeles Rams against the Chicago Bears - remains, so we have taken a look at some of the best statistics to emerge from another entertaining group of matchups.

Burrow and Herbert sensational again

Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert continue to enjoy remarkable rookie seasons.

Despite the Bengals ultimately going down to a 37-34 loss against the Browns, Burrow threw for 406 yards – the best total of his young career – as well as three touchdowns, while adding a further rushing score.

Burrow (one INT and a 112.5 passer rating) became the first rookie in NFL history to produce a performance with at least 400 yards and three TDs through the air along with a rushing TD.

The Bengals quarterback already has five games with 300+ yards and is now only one game behind the rookie record held by Andrew Luck, who had six in 2012.

With nine games still to go in the regular season, Burrow looks poised to pass Luck's mark emphatically.

Herbert, meanwhile, recorded his first win and also had a career-high passing performance (347 yards) as the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29.

He had three passing TDs and became only the second rookie QB ever, after Deshaun Watson, to have at least three scores through the air in three consecutive games.

Herbert - who also 66 yards (one TD) rushing - now has 1,542 passing yards through his first five career games, only the second player after Cam Newton (1,610) to go above 1,500 over that span. 

While his yardage is just short of Newton, Herbert is the only player to achieve the feat with a passer rating above 100 (his rating is 108.1).

Murray matches Brady comeback

The Cardinals and Murray were 10 points behind with under seven minutes left against the Seahawks but pulled off a remarkable victory.

Only once before had a QB thrown three or more TDs and overcome a fourth-quarter deficit of 10+ points in a game against Wilson. That was Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX at the same University of Phoenix Stadium.

It was Murray's first career fourth-quarter comeback of 10+ points and he became the first QB this season to do so in a game that went to overtime.

Despite a disappointing loss, Wilson (three TDs and three INTs) moved on to 22 passing TDs this season. He is only the fourth player in NFL history with 20+ passing TD across his team's first six games. 

That is a good omen, as the other three - Peyton Manning (2013), Brady (2007) and Brett Favre (1996) - all went on to win the MVP award and reach the Super Bowl.

Adams helps Green Bay bounce back

Davante Adams exploded for a career-high 196 receiving yards (13 catches, two TDs) as the Green Bay Packers won comfortably 35-20 at the Houston Texans.

The Packers wide receiver now has four career games with at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and two TDs, tying Keenan Allen for the most among active players inside their first seven NFL seasons.

One more this year would see him match the all-time record (five), which is jointly held by Chad Johnson and Andre Rison.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (283 yards, four TDs and zero INTs) had his 50th game with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

He was the fourth all-time to do that, behind fellow greats Brady (60), Brees (54) and Manning (51).

Brady passes Manning and Brees

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were spectacular in their 45-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Brady was on fire, throwing for 369 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (127.0 rating) as well as adding a rushing score.

He passed Drew Brees' record and now has the most passing TDs in NFL history (559).

Brady, 43, also produced his 94th career game of 300+ passing yards, passing Manning (93) for second-most ever, with Brees still holding that record (122).

NFC East reaches a new low

The Dallas Cowboys' demoralising 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team means no NFC East team has won more than two games through seven weeks.

Excluding strike seasons, it is the first time in history that has happened in the NFL for every team in a division, with the Philadelphia Eagles somehow leading the standings on 2-4-1.

By contrast, the 2020 NFC West is only the fourth division ever where every team has won at least four games through seven weeks.

The San Francisco 49ers are bottom of the division despite having a winning record (4-3).

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